Sec­ond league suc­cess in a row



WICK­LOW un­der-19s won the Le­in­ster Di­vi­sion 1 League for the sec­ond year in a row af­ter a hard fought fi­nal against Barn­hall RFC in Athy on Sun­day.

The Wick­low side got off to a great start which was quickly re­warded with a penalty by cap­tain Shane Far­rar af­ter five min­utes.

Shorty af­ter­wards Wick­low won a quick ball off a li­ne­out on the half­way line and some ex­cel­lent pass­ing in the back­line cre­ated space for full back KK Beat­tie to score a try in the cor­ner.

Wick­low con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate and Barn­hall paid the price for a high penalty count at the break­down. Just as Barn­hall were find­ing their feet Shane Far­rar cut through the op­po­si­tion de­fence to score a try un­der the posts which he then con­verted.

The sec­ond half ended with Wick­low un­der pres­sure. Barn­hall elected to run a penalty but the Wick­low de­fence held firm as it did for the en­tire match and the half ended 15- 0.

Wick­low played with the ben­e­fit of a slight breeze in the sec­ond half and ex­pected Barn­hall to come back strongly which they did.

Ten min­utes in Barn­hall kicked a penalty to touch and set up a driv­ing maul from the li­ne­out which fi­nally re­sulted in a try.

The next 10 min­utes were tense as the heav­ier Barn­hall pack set up driv­ing mauls which sapped the en­ergy of the Wick­low side.

But Wick­low dug deep and from a scrum in mid-field the Wick­low back­line again set up space for KK Beat­tie to beat three tack­les to score his sec­ond try of the day which was again con­verted by Far­rar.

Barn­hall were not beaten yet and showed true grit to come back with a con­verted try of their own with 15 min­utes to go.

This made for a nail bit­ing fin­ish as Wick­low soaked up pres­sure. Any lapse in con­cen­tra­tion at this point could have let it slip but Wick­low ran out de­serv­ing win­ners in the end.

This was a real team ef­fort by the en­tire squad in their best per­for­mance of the sea­son beat­ing a very strong Barn­hall side.

Wick­low have a sec­ond fi­nal to look for­ward to on Satur­day week, April 12 when they play Sk­er­ries in the Le­in­ster Plate as they hope to com­plete a dou­ble.

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